The US Coast Guard barque Eagle is 295 feet long. I guess you can't steer a ship of that length with only one helm. This was only one of two "helm stations" I found while taking my self guided tour. This one is located amidships. There is also a single-wheeled helm located aft.
There is a very rich and colorful lore to sailing and sailing ships. There are colorful terms for each part of the ship. To those not familiar to sailing, these just look like neatly coiled ropes. On a sailing ship, however any rope that has a purpose is called a line. These all look like lines to me and not just mere ropes.
New London is the home of the US Coast Guard Academy as well as the home port for the barque Eagle, which I've featured in previous posts on this blog. The tall ship was recently berthed at a pier in downtown New London and was open for a self guided tours. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to board this vessel and will feature some photos taken while I toured the decks open to visitors.
I hesitated a long time before posting this picture of homes along the Mystic River nicely reflected in the still waters because it is very similar to a picture I posted a number of weeks ago, but a slightly different view along the river. With this image, I think I've exhausted my current supply of reflections worthy of sharing with Weekend Reflections. I'll make it a point this weekend to keep my open for other unique reflections. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for looking.